With “Markings”, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Spector Books are initiating a series of small-format, polymorph publications. They will be produced together with artists who have exhibited, intervened, or performed at the Kunst-Werke. The series aims to create a platform within which projects can be documented, continued or re-interpreted. Within the framework of the exhibition “Relaunch” (2013), the cooperation “Markings” between Nedko Solakov (artist) and Ellen Blumenstein (curator) inaugurated the new program of the institution Kunst-Werke. The reader of the book accompanies the artist and the curator on their walk through the building in Berlin’s Auguststraße. The comments and markings that Nedko Solakov “tagged” with a black marker on walls, windows, passages, and doors allow the past to resurface, they revolve around the building’s present and presence and sketch out ideas for its future. They act as an appropriation of the space and simultaneously as a self-representation of the institution. The series will be continued with titles by Georgia Sagri and Merlin James.

This book contains reproductions of 13 etchings by Alex Katz with the poem “Edges” by Robert Creeley. In addition the volume includes a tipped-in color plate, two full-color spreads, and a black and white photograph of the artist and poet. Essay by Merlin James. Preface by Peter Blum. Edition limited to 1500 copies

The first volume of Vitamin P, published in 2002, inaugurated a vibrant period for painting. Since its publication, a whole new generation of painters has emerged, some inspired by the artists who appeared in that book, others taking cues from new sources. Vitamin P2 introduces this new wave of painters to the world. The vast medium of painting continues to be a central pillar of artistic practice, and Vitamin P2 presents the outstanding artists who are currently engaging with and pushing the boundaries of the medium. Over 80 international critics, artists and curators have nominated the 115 artists who have made a fresh, unique or innovative contribution to recent painting. All of the artists in Vitamin P2 have recently emerged onto the international scene, and none appeared in the first Vitamin P. An introduction by Barry Schwabsky, who also wrote the introduction for Vitamin P, provides a broad overview of recent developments in the medium while also looking towards its future. Artists featured in Vitamin P2: Nina Chanel Abney, Richard Aldrich, Ellen Altfest, Hurvin Anderson, Juan Araujo, Tauba Auerbach, Karin Mamma Andersson, Jules de Balincourt, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Tilo Baumgartel, Hernan Bas, Michael Borremans, Mark Bradford, Kerstin Brätsch, Lisa Brice, Rafal Bujnowski, Stephen Bush, Varda Caivano, Brian Calvin, Gillian Carnegie, Sarah Crowner, William Daniels, Noah Davis, Philippe Decrauzat, Benjamin Degen, Kaye Donachie, Pierre Dorion, Milena Dragicevic, Thomas Eggerer, Nicole Eisenman, Ida Ekblad, Zhang Enli, Michael Fullerton, Wayne Gonzales, Adrian Ghenie, Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Josephine Halvorson, N. S. Harsha, Richard Hawkins, Carmen Herrera, Charline Von Heyl, Alex Hubbard, Jacqueline Humphries, Nathan Hylden, Merlin James, Xylor Jane, Jia Ailli, Magdalena Jitrik, Chantal Joffe, Chris Johanson, Jitish Kallat, Maki Na Kamura, Jacob Kassay, Khalif Kelly, Martin Kobe, Jutta Koether, Tomasz Kowalski, Makiko Kudo, Stefan Kürten, Li Dafang, Li Shurui, Li Songsong, Liang Yuanwei, Liu Xiaodong, Marcin Maciejowski, Tala Madani, Nalini Malani, Victor Man, I Nyoman Masriadi, Birgit Megerle, Dianna Molzan, Katy Moran, Kristine Moran, Justin Mortimer, Farhad Moshiri, Surendran Nair, Odili Donald Odita, Paulina Olowska, Silke Otto-Knapp, Christopher Orr, Alessandro Pessoli, Jon Pestoni, Vitaly Pushnitsky, R. H. Quaytman, Blake Rayne, Clare E. Rojas, Sterling Ruby, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Serban Savu, Maaike Schoorel, Dana Schutz, Raqib Shaw, Amy Sillman, Anj Smith, Josh Smith, Glenn Sorensen, Neal Tait, Mickalene Thomas, Padraig Timoney, Alexander Tinei, Phoebe Unwin, Lesley Vance, Pieter Vermeersch, Kelley Walker, Wang Xingwei, Corinne Wasmuht, Matthias Weischer, Andro Wekua, Wendy White, Katharina Wulff, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Luiz Zerbini, Jakub Julian Ziolkowski

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